SPRINGFIELD— State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) released the following statement following the death of Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:

"Judy Baar Topinka was a dedicated public servant, but—more importantly—a thoughtful, kind individual. Her career and her life are a testament to how committed people can improve an entire state. She will be missed."

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Silverstein-052313br0137CHICAGO – State Senator Ira I. Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Alderman Debra Silverstein (D-50th Ward) express their deep sympathy to the families of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Sharr and Eyal Yifrach over their tragic loss.

“This horrific act was not only a crime against Israel and the Jewish people but against humanity. We should be nurturing our children not making them targets. We should all work to eliminate such hatred from this world – especially the Middle East. Our hearts and prayers are with the families. They should know no more sorrow.”

On Monday, the Israeli Defense Force reported finding the bodies of the three Israeli teens who disappeared June 12.

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This July I am hosting a series of town hall meetings around our district. I’d like to invite you to attend and share any concerns or questions you have about state government and community issues.


silverstein-townhall-4x9These meetings give me a chance to hear what is important to you so I can better represent you in Springfield. Please see the flier for the dates, times and locations of the meetings.


If you plan on attending and already have questions or topics in mind, you can submit questions ahead of time by clicking here.


If you aren’t able to make it I’d still appreciate your input. Please fill out my 2014 legislative survey, which covers issues that could come before the state in the future.


Please, always feel free to contact me by calling my office or sending me an email.


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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate recently approved a plan that would give schools the ability to discipline students who use non-school computers to bully their classmates.

State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) sponsored House Bill 4207, which passed with a 32-18 vote.

“School should be a safe environment where students can learn and grow. If bullies are hurting other students’ ability to learn, it shouldn’t matter if it’s being done from a school computer or their cell phone,” Silverstein said.

Silverstein’s proposal prohibits out-of-school cyberbullying or bullying using a non school-owned electronic device. Schools would be able to discipline the bullies if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school.

The plan also requires school districts to have a process to determine if the bullying is within their jurisdiction and inform bullied students about anti-bullying services.

House Bill 4207 now returns to the House for approval before going to the governor’s desk.

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Chicago, IL 60659
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